By Harvey Byrne

Arsene Wenger is planning to place a £40million offer for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema in the next summer window, according to a report.

Spanish news outlet Merca Futbol has claimed that Wenger is eyeing his French compatriot as the next striker to move to the Emirates Stadium.

However, the report does also state that a move won’t happen if FIFA decide to uphold Madrid’s transfer embargo, which prevents them from bringing in players.

If Wenger does capture his target for the reported £40million fee, or above then it would top the club’s current transfer record with Mesut Ozil, who joined for an initial £38.2million fee, also from Spain’s capital in 2013.

Benzema has been an integral part of the Madrid strike force in recent years, but in the new campaign he has scored just one goal in his opening five matches.

The Frenchman still has three years left on his current deal, but the price-tag from Madrid would suggest they don’t want to lose the forward ace.

However, the Spanish giants did bring former forward Alvaro Morata back to the club for a £25million fee in the summer, which may suggest they are looking to move away from the 28-year-old France international.

In other Arsenal transfer news, Gunners fans are currently feeling a sense of déjà vu on Twitter after former Gunner Jeremie Aliadiere re-signed for French side Lorient.